Good argument
From Metro's Michael Naughton:
“Our trade secret laws provide Massachusetts a competitive advantage over other states. It serves as an encouragement for companies to locate in Massachusetts,” said Richard Baker, president of New England Intellectual Property. The bill “will support the dishonest and wealthy competitors at the expense of smaller Massachusetts companies.”
It really is terrible when dishonest, wealthy competitors sneakily pay employees (including, we'll remind you, camp counselors) a competitive rate for their work. Why not just have a free market if you're going to go down that route? We definitely don't want that to happen in Massachusetts. Discuss
Handheld Robotic Overlords
We might finally have our robotics revolution, and smartphones are to thank
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Looking back to 1950s predictions of what robots might be capable of in the year 2000 is nothing short of humorous — unless you’re in the field of robotics, where the lack of consumer progress can be frustrating. Besides the Roomba, home robotics still has not hit the mainstream, but that might be set to finally change.

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Don't fear the Beer
Do "vice" startups face an uphill climb? Drizly's investors don't think so
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Alcohol delivery company Drizly has been busy in the first half of the year. Raising $4.8 million and expanding its services (from Boston to Manhattan and Brooklyn to Chicago and Los Angeles) is as an impressive 2014 resume as any local startup. Read More
Funding Budding Entrepreneurs
Earnest partners with Startup Institute to help students afford the career accelerator program
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Boston-headquartered startup career school Startup Institute has a new partnership with San Francisco-based micro-lender Earnest to help potential students afford the costs of the program that has become one way in to the often dizzying world of tech startups. Read More
Democracy in Action
After a contentious first meeting regarding regulation, it looks like Cambridge has gone back to the drawing board. As Steve Annear reports for Boston Magazine:
Andrea Jackson, chairwoman of the city’s License Commission, said the department’s executive director would do a “complete rewrite” of a proposal floated by the city earlier this month that set off a heated debate between fans of Uber’s on-demand car services, and drivers from the taxi industry that are under strict guidelines regulated by lawmakers. “We are going to be looking to see what others states and cities have done [with services like Uber], and it will essentially be a complete rewrite of the earlier draft,” said Jackson. “The first draft was essentially just that. It was, ‘hey, let’s have a discussion about it, what do you think.’”
Ah yes, the tried and true "Throw a bunch of stuff against the wall and see what sticks and what causes a bunch of hashtag outrage" method of regulation. Works every time. Discuss